Originally Posted by mr ploppy
Found this in a pro-published book I'm reading. The editor really should have caught it, but hands up anyone who doesn't do things like this and then forget?
"... I’ll let Glenda know what’s going on too, so she can head Jim off at the pass.” Beat. “Um…I guess that’s it. I’ll be here till two I guess if you want to call me. See ya.”
Must be a book by John Grisham or Dan Brown. Both of them write film manuscripts and disguise them as books, and 'beat' is, or was, quite common in film manuscripts.